Prospero Is Justified in His Behaviour Towards Others During the Play

Topics: Moons of Uranus, The Tempest, Prospero Pages: 4 (1177 words) Published: March 2, 2013
Prospero is justified in his behaviour towards others during the play.

During the course of the play, Prospero is always scheming on his plan to get his justice back from what the nobles did to him. I believe that Prospero is justified towards the others during the play, as there is lots of evidence to support this statement. A good example is when Caliban tries to rape Miranda; Prospero is justified in how he treats Caliban in the play. He treats Caliban like dirt and does not regard him as a very humane being, and this is shown when he says, “Thy poisonous slave, got by the devil himself Upon thy wicked dam, come forth”. Before the play, Prospero and Caliban had a good relationship but what Caliban did to Miranda changed their relationship instantly as Prospero uses his magic to treat Caliban as his slave and constantly threatens him if he does comply with Prospero’s commands. Therefore Caliban’s behaviour means that Prospero is justified in his behaviour.

Another example to support this statement is when Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano attempt to kill Prospero as he is sleeping. They take advantage of what they think is a good opportunity to get back at the oppressor. This plot against Prospero would make him annoyed especially at Caliban because Caliban, despite Prospero’s threatening, does not choose to give up; he keeps trying to rebel against Prospero. This is mainly Caliban’s plot but this evidence adds to my earlier point of Caliban acting badly against Prospero, which allows Prospero to be justified in his behaviour and to have justified revenge. However Prospero decides not to punish Caliban for his plot to kill him, he dismisses the failure and says, “Take with you your companions. As you look to have my pardon, trim it handsomely”. This is not the reaction you would expect from Prospero but he decided not to lash out at Caliban.

Prospero’s revenge could be justified as he tries to protect his daughter Miranda, the nobles sent the two of them...
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